In 2011 fruit and vegetable exports had grown 10.5 percent to 36 million US dollars.
In the first half of 2012 Sri Lanka had exported 22 million US dollars of fruit and vegetables, he was quoted as saying in a Ceylon Chamber of Commerce statement.
While fruit exports had risen 12 percent in the first six months, vegetable exports were down 18 percent.
Gnanaskandan said the sector expected exports to grow 3 to 5 percent by the end of 2012.Sri Lanka's overall exports were down 5.8 percent to 7.39 billion US dollars up to September 2012. Sri Lanka's total agricultural exports, which includes tea was down 8.2 percent to 1.73 billion US dollars by September.